12 plays selected for Playwrights Festival

Performing arts teacher and Playwrights Festival producer Christopher Moore announced the titles of 12 plays that the school will produce for the 2017 Playwrights Festival. The Reading and Selection Committee, comprised of 33 community members and industry professionals, read through 37 plays before making their decisions. Auditions for the Playwrights festival begin Monday and will […]

Symphony performs in Pasadena

Students in the Upper School Symphony performed a concert for the elderly at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church Nov. 9. This was the symphony’s first performance of the year, and the musicians wanted to get a sense of what it was like to perform together in front of others. Percussionist William Chow ’17 said that the […]

Actors practice in workshops

Jackanapes mentor Lisa Fredrickson led improv workshops for students in the Actor and the Stage I class Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 3 and 7. Fredrickson led the class in activities in learning to develop characters onstage. Performing arts teacher Christopher Moore chose Fredrickson to lead the workshop because of her background in improv and […]

Slam poets visit class meetings

Slam poets visit class meetings

Poets from Get Lit, a slam poetry group, performed response slam poetry at junior and senior assemblies Nov. 4 and Nov. 7. The school’s slam poetry team invited the poets to get students to join the club. Last year, the school’s slam poetry team was a finalist at Classic Slam, a youth poetry festival hosted […]

Singers rehearse, bond on retreat

Students in Chamber Singers went on their annual retreat to Camp Wrightwood in the Angeles National Forest to practice and get to know each other Sept 16-17. Upper School Choral Director Eric Gault said that he saw the retreat as an opportunity for members to become more of a community by playing games and going […]

Alumna, author of fiction novel leads workshops for student playwrights

Lindsey Rosin ’03 spoke to students interested in submitting plays to this year’s Playwrights Festival the writing and editing process of plays and the importance of being passionate about one’s work. In order to be eligible to enter the festival, writers were required to come to at least one of the workshops, which were held […]

Auditions begin for musical

Students will audition for the upper school fall musical “Les Miserables” in the choral room on Wednesday and Thursday. “Les Misérables” tells the story of several characters living during the Paris Uprising of 1832. Because there are no spoken lines, all students auditioning are required to sing. Students can complete their singing and dancing auditions […]

Actors to partake in workshops

Students in The Actor and the Stage I will participate in multiple acting workshops led by specialized teachers this September. Each workshop will focus on a specific area of acting, such as having confidence on stage through humor, space work and expressing emotion without facial expression or speech, but all of the workshops reflect a […]

History department eliminates AP World History course for next year

Due to history teacher Drew Maddock’s departure from Harvard-Westlake, next year’s seniors will not be able to take Advanced Placement World History as their history or elective course. Maddock’s replacement will need a year in order to prepare the curriculum and materials that are needed to teach the course, History Department Head Katherine Holmes-Chuba said. […]

Students travel to Rome

Students travel to Rome

Eleven students enrolled in Latin II or higher level Latin courses went on a school sponsored trip to Rome April 3-10 to gain a deeper understanding of Latin texts. Latin teacher Mercedes Barletta said the idea for the trip came from a joke that her students made about visiting Greece to see an oracle. “Once […]